Bared Safieh-Garabedian

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Experimental inflammation produced by an intraplantar injection of complete Freund's adjuvant results in local sensory hypersensitivity and up-regulates the neuropeptides substance P and calcitonin gene related peptide in the primary sensory neurons innervating the inflamed tissue. The inflammation also elevates nerve growth factor levels in the skin.(More)
Exposure to mid range ultrat violet radiations (UVBs) has been shown to produce systemic inflammation and hyperalgesia in mice [Saadé, N.E., Nasr, I.W., Massaad, C.A., Safieh-Garabedian, B., Jabbur, S.J., Kanaan, S.A., 2000. Modulation of ultraviolet-induced hyperalgesia and cytokine upregulation by interleukins 10 and 13. Br. J. Pharmacol. 131, 1317-1324].(More)
Cytokines, peptide hormones and neurotransmitters, as well as their receptors/ligands, are endogenous to the brain, endocrine and immune systems. These shared ligands and receptors are used as a common chemical language for communication within and between the immune and neuroendocrine systems. Such communication suggests an immunoregulatory role for the(More)
In the endotoxin-induced inflammation, interleukin-10 reduced significantly, and in a dose-dependent manner, the inflammatory pain as assessed by mechanical and thermal tests. The levels of Tumour Necrosis Factor (TNF)alpha and NGF were upregulated at 1.5 h whereas those of IL-1beta at 6 h after ET injection. IL-10 downregulated the levels of TNFalpha (from(More)
Lipopolysaccharide, also known as endotoxin (ET), is a major constituent of the outer membrane of the cell wall of most gram negative bacteria. ET is known to cause a number of pathophysiological changes associated with illness including inflammatory pain. The aim of this study is to characterize the peripheral hyperalgesia induced by ET in rats and mice.(More)
Levels of nerve growth factor (NGF) in rat hindpaw skin, measured with a sensitive two-site enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, show two peaks during normal development. The first (57 +/- 5 pg mg-1) occurs at embryonic days (E) 18-20 and coincides with the arrival of axon terminals into the hindpaw skin. The second, larger peak (132 +/- 10 pg mg-1), occurs(More)
Nerve growth factor (NGF) and transforming growth factor-beta2 (TGF-beta2) are cytokines which have known immunological effects. An elevated level of NGF has been reported in certain autoimmune diseases, whereas TGF-beta2 is an immunosuppressor which is known to play a role in regulating cell proliferation. A role of this cytokine has been proposed in the(More)
Intraplantar (i.pl.) injection of small doses of capsaicin has been shown to produce hyperalgesia and upregulation of the levels of proinflammatory cytokines. The present work aimed at investigating the possible mediation of these effects by sensory neuropeptides and mast cells. Various groups of rats received i.pl. injection of capsaicin alone or preceded(More)
A new model of endotoxin (ET)-induced hyperalgesia has been used to test the effects of four classes of drugs in rats and mice. Hyperalgesia was assessed by paw pressure (PP), hot plate (HP) and tail flick (TF) tests. Each drug was injected intraperitoneally 24 and 12 h before ET injection and just before each pain test at 3, 6, 9 and 24 h after ET(More)
Capsaicin-sensitive primary afferents (CSPA) are known to be involved in nociception and neurogenic inflammation. Extensive research has been devoted to the sensory role of these fibres but less attention has been paid to their local effector function. This study aimed at gaining more insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying the neurogenic(More)